- Ph.D. English Literature, University of North Carolina
- M.A. English Literature, University of North Carolina
- M.A. University of Mississippi
- B.A. English Literature, Emory University
- B.A. Lambuth University
- Conference on Christianity and Literature
Areas of Expertise
- American literature
- Walker Percy
- Survey of American Literature
- Existentialism and Modern Fiction
- Literature of the American South
- African American Literature
- 20th-Century American Novel
I am currently working on a book-length study of Walker Percy in which I trace Augustinian influences and echoes in Percy’s work with particular interest in the existentialism of both writers.
- “The Unquiet Heart: St. Augustine’s Influence on Walker Percy.” In The Moviegoer turns Fifty: A Collection of Essays. Louisiana State University Press, (2016).
- “Fleeing the Wasteland of Alcoholism: Alienation, Recovery, and Hope in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral.” Studies in Short Fiction, 37.1 (Winter 2012).
- “Exhausted Voices: The Inevitable Impoverishment of Faulkner’s ‘Garrulous and Facile’ Language.” Southern Literary Journal, 39.1 (Fall 2006).
- “The Vigor at the Core: Thomas Wolfe’s Search for a Language of Immediacy.” The Thomas Wolfe Review, 23.2 (Fall 1999).
- “Liturgical Practice and Poetic Dissent in Antebellum America.” Rev. essay of A Cheerful & Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia. By Lauren Winner (New Haven and London: Yale UP, 2010) and Emily Dickinson and Hymn Culture: Tradition and Experience by Victoria N. Morgan (Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2010). Religion and the Arts (Boston College) forthcoming.
- “Walker Percy’s American Apocalypse.” Rev. essay of A Political Companion to Walker Percy. Eds. Peter Augustine Lawler and Brian A. Smith. (Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2013). Library of Law and Liberty, http://www.libertylawsite.org/, July 2014.
- Rev. of Global Faulkner: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2006. Eds. Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie. (Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi. 2009) and William Faulkner and the Southern Landscape. By Charles S. Aiken. (Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 2009). American Literature, 82.2 (Summer 2010).
- “The Education of Desire.” Rev. of Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. By James K.A. Smith (Baker Academic, 2009). The QUAD (Grove City College critical/review magazine), Autumn 2009.
- Professor of English, Grove City College, 2006-present
- Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Calvin College, 2004-2006
- Assistant Professor of English, King College, 2000-2004
- Avid fan of UNC basketball and the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Little League baseball
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This summer I learned how to fry funnel cakes at the Grove City Strawberry Days Festival.